The second annual National Go Topless Protest Day
will be held this Sunday, August 23, in various American cities. It happens to be run by Raelians
, members of a UFO religion
founded by Rael, a former French sports-car journalist and test driver born Claude Vorilhon
. (Coverage of last year's protest in New York City
, which is, as one might suspect, NSFW.) Though the current "Go Topless!" site talks more about women's rights than Raelism, in 2004, Raelian women were marching topless not for the legalization of bare breastedness, but against "the repressive Myth of God."
Don't remember the Raelians? This is just the most recent stunt by the publicity-hungry group that capitalizes on media-friendly controversy
: in 2002, during the slow news week between Christmas and New Year's Day, they announced the creation of the first human clone
, gaining what Rael estimated at over $500 million of free media coverage. In an interview, Rael unabashedly discusses his passion for publicity
. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Aug 21, 2009 -
Michael Moore San Diego Near Arrest Blown Out of Proportion
: Despite Moore's implications
that his appearance was somehow a courageous act of dissent, it turns out that the whole thing was a harmless followthrough with a permit: a trivial book signing session, not a rally storming the gates. Is Michael Moore a legend in his own mind? And with self-designated spokesmen of this egotistical caliber, how can the Left as a whole expect to be taken seriously?
posted by ed
on Mar 21, 2002 -
When headlines go bad (Part the Nth)
With a headline like, "Daredevil Carried From Ice Cell After 2-1/2 Days," you'd think it was about Matt Murdock, Marvel Comics' Man Without Fear (tm), after a fight with Mr. Freeze... But no, just some guy in an ice block for a publicity stunt. Shame, really...
posted by aurelian
on Nov 30, 2000 -